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Why I’m Okay with My Level of Crazy

2015 July 26
by Emily Hill

When it comes to blogging, sometimes I can’t help but compare myself to other bloggers. I’m not talking about comparing the quality of food photos or aesthetics of site design. I’m talking about numbers—pageviews, Pinterest followers, Facebook fans and the like. I’ll be going along, happy with my blog and its slow but steady growth and then BAM! I hear about someone’s bazillion pageviews or thousands of likes on an Instagram post and all of a sudden I’m frustrated and ever so disheartened.

Apparently I didn’t listen to my own advice when I shared my thoughts about how dumb it is to compare ourselves with others because I’m doing it again. And that’s dumb because I know better.

While millions of pageviews—and a six-figure salary—would be awesome, that kind of success requires 40+ hours of work a week, a serious editorial calendar, a virtual assistant (or two) and probably more caffeine than I have on tap. Kudos, props and double fist bumps to the bloggers who do it and make it look easy. Many of them are dear friends; I so admire their dedication to the craft.

But I’m so not interested in that level of crazy, not when I have kids who need a cheerleader at swim meets, rides to the Humane Society for volunteer hours, a chaperone at Cub Scout camp and visits to the library for another batch of Amelia Bedelia books.

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Humane Society of Utah
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Granted, there are bloggers out there who do all that and manage a super successful blog. I raise my Route 44 Diet Coke and toast your awesomeoness. You deserve those millions of pageviews and thousands of fans. For reals.

I totally don’t because I’m not willing to exist in that level of crazy. It’s not my thing.

At least not yet; ask me again when I’m an empty nester.

And that is why, as of the writing of this post, I’m officially okay with my numbers.*

If all that doesn’t work, I’m simply going to remember the awesome opportunities that have come my way despite those smaller numbers (Hollywood, Italy, New York City) and ask myself what the crap I’m complaining about.

* Good news, Tauni and Steph! That means no more disgruntled late-night texts!

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From Beautiful Keynotes to Boyz II Men, BlogHer ’15 Had All the Things

2015 July 23
by Emily Hill

McDonald’s sponsored my trip to BlogHer ’15 but all thoughts, opinions and photos of me standing so close to Nick Cannon I could smell his amazing cologne are mine.

Just when I thought June and July couldn’t get any busier (LDS girls camp, pioneer trek, family vacation to Anaheim), an email popped into my inbox from one of my favorite McDonald’s people (FYI, I have three favorite McD’s peeps) asking if I wanted to attend BlogHer ’15 as one of their sponsored bloggers.

Oh. My. Gosh. Heck to the yes!

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BlogHer 2015 Experts Among Us #BlogHer15
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The BlogHer ’15 schedule was chock full of impressive keynotes and they didn’t disappoint. Let me share some takeaways from my favorites.

During our breakfast keynote, Soledad O’Brien shared the story of the starfish (“it matters to this one”) to introduce us to her Starfish Foundation.

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BlogHer 2015 Soledad OBrien keynote
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The Starfish Foundation exists to provide hardworking young women with the resources necessary to succeed.

For reasons beyond their control, many young women of color from low-income families are less likely than their middle-class counterparts to attend and finish college. This makes it tough for them to get well-paying jobs, maintain healthy lifestyles and enjoy full societal and civic participation. What many of these young women do have, however, is intellect, resilience and spark.

We’re here to get these young women out of the shadows and onto the road toward their dreams.

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O’Brien talked with three Starfish scholars, each of whom had a story that would have left my heart broken had it not been for their triumph over challenges due mostly to hard work and perseverance, two areas in which today’s generation could use a bit more practice.

From my notes:

  • “Obstacles are good and happen for a reason.”
  • “It’s not about money, being established or philanthropy. It’s about helping someone or finding someone who can help her.”
  • “Take your interactions seriously because they matter.”

Then Girls Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez gave us some insight into all the innovative things the Girl Scouts are doing and shared the following stats:

  • Most female cabinet members are Girl Scouts.
  • All female governors are Girl Scouts
  • Most women who’ve flown in space are Girl Scouts.

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It has me seriously considering putting Livi in Girl Scouts ASAP.

But the most important takeaway from that morning may have been this quote from a boy not much older than Livi as part of the #HatchKids #BeYou initiative:

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Be Yourself

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For our lunch keynote, BlogHer co-founder Elisa Page interviewed Gwyneth Paltrow, who shared her thoughts on everything from the ins and outs of running Goop to the ins and outs of balancing celebrity-hood and motherhood.

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BlogHer 2015 Gwyneth Paltrow
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From my notes:

  • “If something stings or resonates, then I know I’m the one holding the judgement and need to work through that.”
  • “I wanted you to see Paris with a man who loves you no matter what.” (Gwyneth’s dad to Gwyneth when he whisked her away to the City of Lights for the first time)
  • “Even though you hate me and never want to see me again, we’re going to brunch because it’s Sunday and that’s what we do on Sunday.” (Gwyneth to her children)

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She kind of sounds like me when I’m parenting my not-always-angelic children.

“You’ll have fun whether you like it or not.”

Friday I listened as Elizabeth Blackney shared the #DefiningMoments that brought her to where she is today. Three words: gang rape survivor. This woman exudes strength and beauty and love.

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BlogHer 2015 Elizabeth Blackney
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From my notes:

  • “Survivors have zero obligation to star in your fundraising video and be treated like an object after.”
  • “Be strong and endure, for this anguish will serve you someday.” (P. Ovidius Naso, “Elegy XI,” Amores)

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After Lizzy, we heard from Christy Turlington, a woman I admire for her continuous work improving women’s health worldwide through her Every Mother Counts foundation. But her focus at BlogHer ’15 was not worldwide; it was on the home front. We were privileged to catch a glimpse of Christy’s new series, Giving Birth in America.

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BlogHer 2015 Christy Turlington
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Did you know that while 99% of maternal deaths occur in developing countries, we lose 3 women every day in the U.S.?

Neither did I.

From my notes:

  • “I became a global maternal health advocate the day I gave birth.”

Amen.
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Yes, I caught a few classes in between all the inspiration. My favorite was a Social Media Bootcamp class by Peg Fitzpatrick. Yes, I’m fairly versed in social media, and while I didn’t take too many notes when it came to Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, she changed my entire perspective on LinkedIn. I’ll no longer treat it like a second cousin twice removed…

It should come as no surprise my favorite part of BlogHer ’15 was the closing party sponsored by McDonald’s—and I’m not saying that because they sponsored my conference experience. I’m a huge McDonald’s fan. (Go ahead, judge me. I don’t care.) Their Diet Coke is some of the tastiest around and their fries? I swear they sprinkle them with a mixture of salt and crack.

For me, the party got started the minute I took a selfie with Ronald McDonald.

He hasn’t texted me since but whatevs.

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BlogHer McDonalds Closing Party - Selfie with Ronald McDonald
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McDonald’s brought in a McDonald’s Mobile Restaurant (MMR)—basically a semi trailer complete with working kitchen out of which they served Happy Meals and unlimited beverages like their new McCafe lemonades (classic lemonade and strawberry lemonade, over ice or frozen) and OREO Frappes. And lots and lots of fries.

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Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's

Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald’s

Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald's

Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for McDonald’s

It’s basically the best meals on wheels EVER.

Like any good party, there was music. But McD’s doesn’t do lame background music. That’s not their style.

Their style is Boyz II Men.
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BlogHer 2015 Boyz II Men
Let’s hear it for the Boyz!

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BlogHer 2015 Boyz II Men
(Madison has no idea who these guys are.)

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BlogHer 2015 Boyz II Men
Yep. They brought long-stemmed roses. *sigh*

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DJ Spyder followed Boyz II Men and I’m telling you, I adored every song he played. (No photo because Madison and I were downing our cheeseburgers, nuggets and fries.) When I’m a gazillionaire, I’m going to hire him to play at my 50th birthday celebration. That gives me about 10 years to earn a gazillion dollars. I better get on it!

After DJ Spyder, Nick Cannon took the stage. But not before a quick SnapChat for McD’s and a photo opp with Madison and me.

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BlogHer 2015 Nick Cannon

BlogHer 2015 Nick Cannon
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As soon as he took over for DJ Spyder, almost every woman—and a handful of men—started bustin’ moves left and right and everywhere in between.

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BlogHer 2015 Nick Cannon
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Sadly, no Electric Slide. *sigh*

As awesome as that all was, and believe you me, it’s awesome when you have Minions doing the Nay Nay, the best part was sharing the fun with this crazy 17-year-old.

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BlogHer McDonalds Closing Party

BlogHer McDonalds Closing Party
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The closing party was the perfect way for the BlogHer community to wrap up its 2015 conference.

Speaking of community…

I love Family Arches, an online community that offers a glimpse behind the Golden Arches. Members get access to McDonald’s leadership, focus groups, events, brand announcements and the occasional VIP opportunity.

I’ve had a lot of fun connecting with other McDonald’s fans and joining in discussions on everything from why the fries are so irresistible to how we can spread encouragement in just four words. You might even learn more about Yoplait Go-GURT low-fat Strawberry Bananan Yogurt, the newest Go-GURT made exclusively for McDonald’s with 25% less sugar than the leading kids’ yogurt.

Visit FamilyArches.com to sign up and join the conversation!

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Unlock the Power of the Twined

2015 July 21
by Emily Hill

What if you could combine trusted product reviews and recommendations with the power of a community to unlock discounts on those products? It would be pretty awesome. And it would totally be Twined.

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Twined - Discover reviews, unlock discounts, buy as a group.
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How does Twined work? It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Discover reviews from people you trust.
  2. Vote to unlock discounts.
  3. Buy as a group and save.

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Twined features product reviews (from electronics to toys and everything in between) and recommendations written by Tastemakers, top-tier influencers selected by Twined. Because of the pivotal role they play in the process, Tastemakers are chosen based on integrity, authenticity, relatable voice and expertise.

Twined chooses Tastemakers. Tastemakers write reviews and recommendations. Customers vote for their favorite products. Twined negotiates the lowest possible prices. The result is amazing discounts on the products you love.

And products I love. I’ve written two product reviews for Twined and two products I think are pretty nifty. One is the Holmes Smart Air Purifier with WeMo and the other is the Canon PIXMA MX922 Printer. Don’t worry; they’re not your standard boring review. You’ll find my humor woven into them as naturally as I weave Diet Coke into my day.

To find out more about how Twined works, you can click on either of the links below:

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Being part of a community was never so much fun…or so budget-friendly!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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How to Choose the Perfect Vacation Rental & Why It’s the Best Way to Vacation

2015 July 14
by Emily Hill

Last July I wrote about our family’s trip to San Diego complete with a visit to LEGOLAND, Ruby’s Diner, the San Diego Zoo and multiple visits to the beach…all made possible because of our vacation rental. Why? Because a vacation rental is a budget-friendly way to travel, especially when your group includes 6 adults and 5 kids. Saving money on lodging means a little more spending money for things like dinner at Ruby’s Diner.

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Ruby's Diner Oceanside Pier
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This was the view from the rooftop patio of our San Diego vacation rental:

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Oceanside, California
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Oh, and the ocean was about a half block away. The kids (and Grandpa) spend every spare second there.

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Oceanside beach
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Who knew one year later we’d find ourselves renting another vacation home.

It’s like we knew July was National Vacation Rental Month or something.

This time we were headed to Anaheim and would be meeting another family. We’d have 4 adults and 8 kids between us; I knew a vacation rental was the only way to go. It’s much more conducive to socializing and late-night board game parties.

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Cars Land California Adventure
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With all those bodies—and all the fun to be had in southern California—I did my research to ensure the vacation rental had everything we needed. We were only a 1/2 mile from Disneyland Resort and a 1/2-hour drive from Huntington Beach. Plus it had a pool and a hot tub.

I’m pretty sure the pool paid for itself 110 times over.

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Girls jumping into pool

Kids in Pool
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Gotta love it when the kids spend time relaxing in the pool, giving the adults a bit of peace and quiet…

In the post about our San Diego vacation, I shared how gifting family trips at Christmas is our newest holiday tradition. (You can read more about it here.) Because we’ve done the vacation rental thing twice now, I feel like I have some insight as to how to choose the perfect vacation rental and why it’s the best way to vacation. But before I get to that, let’s talk about Wyndham Vacation Rentals, one of the best resources for finding your home away from home.

And you can totally call it a home away from home because for less than a hotel stay (see last bullet in list below), you get extra space and privacy plus in-home amenities like fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, “real” living rooms and multiple bedrooms. Some properties even have shuttle service, concierge and housekeeping. It’s like having your cake AND eating it too! Yum!

I hopped online and browsed some of the Park City vacation rentals to see what “staycation” options we’d have and I was surprised with the variety. I found everything from cozier rentals that sleep 4 to spacious (and gorgeous) mountain homes with amazing views and the capacity to sleep 12 or more.

Did someone say adult-only ski getaway???

Not quite sure Wyndham Vacation Rentals is right for you? Check out these stats:

  • 92% of vacation rental travelers say they feel more relaxed after a trip spent in a vacation rental home compared to other lodging options.
  • On average, vacation rental travelers report having saved $106 per day, or $742 over the course of a week, by preparing some meals in their vacation rental.
  • 73% of rental travelers feel having a kitchen on vacation reduced their stress level every day during a week-long vacation because they were able to save money.
  • The average price per bedroom per night for a vacation rental is $72.40 compared to $120.98 for hotels (sources: Wyndham Vacation Rentals data; Smith Travel Research U.S. data).

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Visit the Wyndham Vacation Rentals deals page at WyndhamVacationRentals.com for the latest offers in some of the best summer destinations.

Even if you’re not ready to book your rental, you can celebrate the vacation rental journey all month long with Wyndham Vacation Rentals and the company’s Road to Happiness Sweepstakes. Join the 33 days of giveaways and the chance to win the grand prize: your own road trip getaway! Enter now and learn how to play at Road2HappySweeps.com!

If you’re joining in the National Vacation Rental month celebrations—and who wouldn’t want to?—use #VRMonth in your social sharing so we can follow along.

And now for my tips for choosing a vacation rental and why you’ve gotta try this method of travel.

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How to Choose the Perfect Vacation Rental + Why It Is the Best Way to Vacation

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How to Choose the Perfect Vacation Rental

  • Know exactly how many people will be staying at the rental and make sure you have enough beds for every body. And yes, an included air mattress counts as a bed.
  • Decide how far you’d like to be from your main points of interest. You’ll pay more to stay closer to popular attractions but it can be worth it if you’re saving money on parking passes and gas and time on travel.
  • Understand what kind of parking is offered and how many spaces are included. If you need two spaces but only one is attached to the building, ask if there is street parking nearby.
  • Make sure you know exactly what amenities are included. Do you need/want a slow cooker? Is there a washer and dryer? Does the rental have a private or community pool? If it’s a private pool, is there a safety gate? If you need a portable crib, is one available? Are there pool toys, beach towels, board games, DVDs, etc.?
  • Check to see if the rental includes housekeeping. This is a super nice option but I don’t think it’s necessary if there’s a washer and dryer in the unit and extra linens on hand.
  • Find out if the property has local maintenance and/or support during your stay. The owner(s) should be easily accessible and quick to respond.
  • Understand what’s included in the price. Is there an original deposit and/or cleaning deposit? Does it include local calls (not that anyone uses old-school landlines much anymore but still), access to on-site amenities like fitness rooms or the shuttle?
  • Read the reviews! I read as many reviews as I feel I need to until I’m familiar with the rental and feel I know its pros and cons. Hopefully there aren’t many cons, but if it has one or two, I ask myself if it’s something we can live with, especially if everything else about the rental is perfect. I especially love looking for repeat renters. This tells me they truly enjoyed staying there.

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Why Vacation Rentals Are the Best Way to Travel

  • When you do the math, vacation rentals are generally far more affordable than a hotel stay. The money you save on food alone will surprise you.
  • If you have a larger family, you can avoid the problem of coordinating multiple hotel rooms. Of course, multiple hotel rooms could be nice if the adults are in one room and all the kids are in another…
  • You’ll enjoy a lot more personal space in a vacation rental than you would in a hotel room. This helps cut down on the occurrences of “he touched me!” and “she’s totally in the way!”  It doesn’t cut down on the occasional “he’s looking at me funny” but I haven’t yet found something that does.
  • Vacation rentals make traveling with friends and extended family a lot more fun. It’s much easier to hang out when you have a family room or living room in which to congregate. Plus, that vacation rental can get even more affordable when you’re splitting the cost.
  • Being able to do laundry whenever you need to (and in your pj’s) is a total bonus, especially if you’re staying anywhere near water, be it swimming pool, lake or ocean.
  • Access to a full kitchen is more awesome than you think. It makes packing meals a cinch (saving you money!) and allows you to refrigerate and reheat yummy restaurant leftovers. Plus you can dine in as often as you’d like, which is super nice after a long day. No need to change out of your swimsuit, sweats or yoga pants.
  • More bathrooms! This comes in super handy when you have 4 kids and 2 of them are teenage girls.
  • Some vacation rentals allow pets making that vacation easier on your checkbook…and your heart.
  • A vacation rental feels more like a home.

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Happy vacationing!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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If you’re looking for more vacation and travel ideas, you should browse my vacation & travel Pinterest board.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board vacation & travel on Pinterest.

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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

2015 July 9
by Emily Hill

Yeah, so I couldn’t think of a shorter name for these butterscotch coconut chocolate chip pudding cookies. I was thinking they were similar to those seven layer bars, but these pudding cookies have only three of the seven “layers.” No matter the name, they’re yet another delicious pudding cookie creation.

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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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Though the glazed lemon coconut pudding cookies are still my favorite (they’re right up there with the Butterfinger variation), these had just the right hint of butterscotch to elevate them above your standard chocolate chip pudding cookie.

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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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I think you could totally up the ante on the butterscotch if you cut down the chocolate chips by a 1/2 cup and threw in a 1/2 cup (or more) of butterscotch chips. I’m totally going to try that next time!

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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

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Printable recipe for butterscotch coconut chocolate chip pudding cookies below. Enjoy!
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Butterscotch Coconut Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookie
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Serves: 18
 
Another delicious pudding cookie recipe. You can always boost the butterscotch flavor by cutting down the chocolate chips and adding some butterscotch chips instead! Yields about 3 dozen cookies.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (3.4-oz) package instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups shredded coconut
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugars in a large bowl. Beat in instant pudding mix until blended. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.
  4. Add flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined. Fold in coconut and chocolate chips.
  5. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set. Let cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Here are some other pudding cookies you might (okay, you’ll totally) enjoy:

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If you’re looking for more yummy cookies, you should browse my desserts {cookies} Pinterest board.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board desserts {cookies} on Pinterest.

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20 Sinful S’mores Recipes for the True S’mores Lover

2015 July 7
by Emily Hill

After diving into one of those delicious tin foil dinner recipes I posted last week, you’ll probably want to indulge in one of these 20 sinful s’mores recipes. From s’mores cheesecake to s’mores nachos, you’ll get your fill of that graham crackery, chocolaty, marshmallowy goodness.

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20 Sinful Smores Recipes

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3-ingredient smores cookie bites
3-ingredient s’mores cookie bites from Comfort of Cooking

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Smores Fudge Bars
S’mores fudge bars from Handle the Heat

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Smores Krispie Treats hero
S’mores krispie treats from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

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Smores ice cream sandwich
S’mores ice cream sandwich from The Chic

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Smores bars
S’mores bars from Cooking Classy

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Soft and gooey loaded smores bars
Soft and gooey loaded smores bars from Averie Cooks

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Peanut butter smores no bake brownies
Peanut butter s’mores no bake brownies from Mom on Timeout

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Smores Pie
S’mores pie from Tasty Kitchen

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Smores in a jar
S’mores in a jar from How Does She

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Smores on a stick
S’mores on a stick from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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Triple chocolate smores bark
Triple chocolate s’mores bark from A Kitchen Addiction

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Smores cheesecake
S’mores cheesecake from Will Cook for Smiles

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Smores stuffed cookie
S’mores stuffed cookie from A Cookie Named Desire

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Smores donuts
S’mores donuts from Buns in My Oven

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Golden Grahams smores bars
Golden Grahams s’mores bars from Is This Really My Life

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Hot smores dip
Hot s’mores dip from Spend with Pennies

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Smores cupcakes
Smores cupcakes from Life, Love & Sugar

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Smores crescent rolls
S’mores crescent rolls from Lemon Tree Dwelling

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Smores nachos
S’mores nachos from The Creative Bite

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Baked Smores Cups
Baked s’mores cups from Mom Needs to Know

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If you’re looking for more amazing dessert recipes, you should browse my Pinterest dessert boards. I’ve got plenty of ’em!

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Visit Emily Hill’s profile on Pinterest.

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10 of the Tastiest Tin Foil Dinner Recipes

2015 June 30
by Emily Hill

When I went to church girls camp as a teenager, the only tin foil dinners we cooked were you standard ground beef, potatoes, onions and maybe a handful of carrots thrown in for good measure. That might explain why I haven’t thought about tin foil dinners in nearly 25 years. But with some seriously gourmet tin foil dinner recipes (aka hobo dinners) circling the Interweb, it might be time to bust out the box of aluminum foil and give it a go!

I’ve rounded up what I consider to be 10 of the tastiest tin foil dinner recipes out there. I’m sure there are more but this is a great place to start. Happy campfire cooking!

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10 of the Tastiest Tin Foil Dinner Recipes

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Grilled peaches
Grilled peaches from Little Wonders’ Days

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Santa Fe Chicken Foil Dinners
Santa Fe chicken foil dinners from High Heels & Grills

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Bacon ranch foil packet potatoes
Bacon ranch foil packet potatoes from Cafe Mom

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Grilled potatoes with rosemary and smoked paprika
Grilled potatoes with rosemary & smoked paprika from Cookin’ Canuck

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Bacon onion tin foil Hasselback potato
Bacon & onion campfire Hasselback potato from BS’ in the Kitchen

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Green chile cheese fries tin foil dinner
Green chile cheese fries from Buried Carrots

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Jerk chicken wings
Jerk chicken wings from Food Network

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Hawaiian chicken stack tin foil dinners
Hawaiian chicken stack tin foil dinners from One Sweet Appetite

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Campfire orange cinnamon rolls
Campfire orange cinnamon rolls from Oleander + Palm

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Philly cheesesteak hot dogs tin foil dinner
Philly cheesesteak hot dogs from Country Cleaver

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If you’re looking for more fun recipes, you should browse my Pinterest boards

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Visit Emily Hill’s profile on Pinterest.

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